CRADLE Seminar Series: Longing for connection

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This seminar explores university educators' experiences of teaching online, using collaborative autoethnography to facilitate meaning making

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Longing for connection: university educators creating meaning through sharing experiences of teaching online

Brandi Fox, Margaret Bearman, Robin Bellingham, Andrea North-Samardzic, Simona Scarparo, Darci Taylor & Matthew Krehl Edward Thomas (Deakin University)

Michael Volkov (Macquarie University)

What does it mean to be an online educator in contemporary higher education? Join us as researchers and university educators, including CRADLE's Brandi Fox and Margaret Bearman, share their experiences of teaching online.

This presentation explores our experience of teaching online using collaborative autoethnography (CAE) as the main method to facilitate meaning making through collaboration and conversation. We explore what it means to be an online educator in contemporary higher education and aim to raise questions about how we approach online education and understand ourselves as educators online. We question what we as educators were losing and what we were gaining as a consequence of shifting to more online modes of teaching via university-mandated platforms and processes. The findings provide a snapshot of a significant cultural milieu in academia, as we were afforded time to engage in reflexive practice about teaching online just as the academic world was abruptly mandated to shift almost wholly online.

This seminar is the third in our online-only series. Join us for a thought-provoking virtual seminar and discussion!

Brandi Fox, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) and Research for Educational Futures (REDI). Brandi’s professional passion for social justice pervades her research in primary, secondary and higher education. Her teaching and research explore subjectivity, interculturality and critical pedagogies.

Margaret Bearman, PhD, is a Research Professor at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). Margaret researches higher and professional education with particular interests in assessment, feedback and practice-informed understandings of post-digital learning contexts.

Robin Bellingham, PhD, is a Lecturer in Pedagogy and Curriculum at Deakin University. Robin’s research explores innovative methodologies and education alongside ethics, democracy and sustainability.

Andrea North-Samardzic, PhD is the Director of the Master of Business Administration program and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at Deakin Business School, Deakin University. Andrea teaches management and leadership in the Deakin MBA and designed the wholly online Master of Leadership degree that began in 2016. Her research interests span leadership, technology and ethics.

Simona Scarparo, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Deakin Business School, Department of Accounting. Simona’s research explores contemporary critical accounting issues, focusing on research in gender in the accounting professions, accounting in popular culture, accounting and education and management accounting in public sector organisations.

Darci Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in learning design. Her research interests include the changing nature of the higher education workforce and evaluating teaching innovations. Darci is a PhD candidate, researching students' personal goals in higher education.

Matthew Krehl Edward Thomas, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy and Curriculum at Deakin University. Matthew’s research explores time, power and human rights in the age of surveillance capitalism. He tweets @whoseprivacy.

Michael Volkov is an Associate Professor (Marketing) in the Macquarie Business School, where he is a Learning and Teaching Coordinator in the Teaching and Leadership Group in MQBS. Michael’s research spans teaching and learning, as well as consumer behaviour and education in marketing.

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